Best Football Running Backs of All Time

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41 Chuck Foreman

Rookie of the Year in 1973. Revolutionized the running back position by leading the league in receptions in 1975. His abilities set the tone for the West Coast offensive style which has been popular in the NFL for decades after. Aside from his amazing pass catching talent, he could run with power or finesse and exhibited diverse running styles that could be compared to both Gayle Sayers and Barry Sanders. Was voted NFC player of the year by The Sporting News in 1974 and by UPI in 1976. All-Pro in 1975 and played in five consecutive Pro Bowls. Held the NFC record of 21 Touchdowns in 14 games and battled O.J. Simpson head to head for the NFL record on the last day of the season. A snowball in Buffalo on the last weekend of the 1975 regular season kept Foreman from winning the 1975 NFC rushing title. It also prevented him from becoming the only player in NFL history to lead his conference in rushing and receptions and setting the NFL touchdown record. Foreman was on his way to scoring ...more

The NFL Hall of Fame should be ashamed of itself. The Vikings were a.500 team at best the year before Chuck Foreman arrived. The next year the Viking were playing in the Super Bowl. He was catalyst behind their success. Chuck was a warrior and played that way. Chuck Foreman-2012 Hall of Fame!

chuch was the man who changed the way you play the runningback on Dfence.

I can't believe he's only 41st on the list. He could do it all. And I agree with the person who said the HOF should be ashamed of itself. Chuck was The Man.

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42 Eddie George Eddie George Edward Nathan George Jr. is a former college and professional American football player who was a running back in the National Football League for nine seasons.

Eddie played with the worst quarterback of all time Steve no completion McNair. It was easy to defend against the Titans because the only option they had for positive yards was Eddie George. The guy never got a break and had to face defenses that knew he was running the ball all the time. He would have lasted longer, but he was overworked.

He should be up there with Terrell Davis. One of the strongest back in NFL history.

Never got injured until he had the madden curse it was all over. - htoutlaws2012

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43 Arian Foster Arian Foster Arian Isa Foster is an American football running back who is a free agent. He played college football at Tennessee, and was signed by the Houston Texans as an undrafted free agent in 2009. Foster is known for his vision in finding rushing lanes and his signature Namaste bow, which he frequently performs more.

The guy went undrafted and pretty much carries the Texans offensively. Always a lead rusher even if he doesn't look as explosive or flashy as other guys. Extremely humble and hard working. He'll be one of the greats later on.

If only he stay healthy he can play but he must stay healthy! - htoutlaws2012

Undrafted, And Still Led The NFL in rushing Yards. In 2011


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44 Willie Parker

Hey "Fast Willie" should be at least in the top 20 list. Regie bush is not very good at all but willie needs to improve on runnig this season. GO STEELERS!

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45 Jim Taylor

How is Ahmad Bradshaw, McFadden, McCoy, Sproles, and Hillis above Jim Taylor. Peyton Hillis is a complete joke and shouldn't even be in the top 100. Jim Taylor was the backbone of the Packers dynasty that is possible the best dynasty In NFL history.

led league inrushing the year J. Brown didn't... was the bread and butter for the Packers during their "sweep" rushingyears

Jim Taylor #36. Are you crazy? What did Sam Huff say after Jim Taylor ran over him all afternoon, thus destroying the vaunted NY Giants defense? "I don't think Jim Taylor likes me." Now if that is not intimidation of a great linebacker, I don't know what is!

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46 Larry Johnson Larry Johnson Larry Alphonso Johnson, Jr. is a former American football running back in the National Football League.

most rushing yards of 2006 season did very well last year and did not even start all the games better then some of the other backs listed

47 Brandon Jacobs
48 Vick Ballard
49 Warrick Dunn

He is in the top 15 best running backs, and could catch and block.

So underrated hes twice the back that Ricky Williams and Cedric Benson are. - Chris-1


He can catch too

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50 Archie Griffin

two Heisman Trophy awards

51 Mike Alstott

Mike alstott is the best back he ran people over like nothing he dragged people across the field he carried people on his back while he ran he should be in top 3 because he was a freight train if anything got in his way he would destroy it!

He fast strong run over big men playing for yers and 71 tochdowns

52 Edgerrin James Edgerrin James Edgerrin Tyree James is a former American football running back who played in the National Football League for eleven seasons.

Yo give the cat some love. Lets be serious when he was on the Colts and healthy you were guaranteed at least 1,300 yards. He could have been better but playing alongside Manning, Manning got more touches. He also made Manning better by removing pressure through the play-action. Manning, Harrison, and James (The Modern Triplets), sure they don't have 3 rings like Aikman, Smith, and Irvin but don't doubt their skills. If James didn't "run" for the money he might also have a ring by now. Should be in top 20. - yougnr1116


This entire list blows. The edge this far down proves it.

This guy should be higher! - htoutlaws2012

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53 Jamaal Charles Jamaal Charles Jamaal RaShaad Jones Charles is an American football running back for the Kansas City Chiefs of the National Football League.

He should be in top 30! He is so good I think he should be rating 92 out of 99 no wonder why in madden mobile says he is rating 88 and bo Jackson 90 crazy I seen him play in some of the running back videos and Jamaal Charles is a lot better

Come on, why is he clear down here. He should at least be right by Larry Johnson. He is pretty much the reason why the chiefs won anything in the 2012 season. Over 1000 rushing yards every season.

Sorry, I meant he was drafted from the University of Texas, but when he was ten years old he competed in the Special Olympics.

Such a threat at any offensive position.

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54 Willis McGahee

Best stiff arm doubt about it.

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55 Lawrence Maroney
56 Chester Taylor

he has improved a lot from Baltimore he is a beast!

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57 Matt Forte Matt Forte Matthew Garrett Forte is an American football running back for the New York Jets in the National Football League.

Up there with some of the best receiving backs in football. One of the most consistent backs and all round players in the NFL today, should be higher

Can barely get past the line of scrimmage.

Should be like 20. No clue how he is 54.

Matt Forte shood be down more.😕

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58 Thomas Jones

He just keeps putting up numbers, Beast of a player. Gets picked up by KC and everyone thought it was to back up Jamal Charles... But no it wasn't he had starter written all over him. He is 2nd only to LT for yards gained currently playing in the NFL

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59 Marion Motley

As one of the first black players in modern pro football, Motley was a pioneer for his sport, much like his baseball contemporary, Jackie Robinson. And like Robinson, Motley had to endure far more physical and verbal abuse than white ballplayers of his era. The Cleveland Browns� fullback often took extra shots to his head or hands on the bottom of the pile after being tackled. However, that pile was usually several yards beyond the line of scrimmage because Motley, a bruiser at 6-1, 240, was very hard to tackle. "If you didn�t stop him at the line of scrimmage, you were in trouble," Baltimore Colts� Hall of Fame defensive tackle Art Donovan said.

Motley, along with quarterback Otto Graham, helped Cleveland win the All-American Football Conference title for four straight seasons. The Browns joined the NFL in 1950 and Motley, at age 30, led his new team to a championship and his new league in rushing with 810 yards and a gaudy 5.8 yards-per-carry average. In 1968, Motley ...more

Only Jim Brown, Walter Payton, and Earl Cambel are ahead of Marion Motlley.

Watch old film this guy killed people at his play

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